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Two Penn Nursing Professors Selected for Induction to the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Carol E. Ware Professor in Mental Health Nursing; and Connie M. Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Lillian S. Brunner Chair in Medical and Surgical Nursing, will be honored by Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) for their contributions to the nursing profession.

The STTI Hall of Fame was developed to recognize nurse researchers for their lifetime achievements in, and contributions to, research and to mentoring future nurse researchers. The induction ceremony will take place during the 29th annual International Nursing Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia from July 19-23, 2018.

“Both Dr. D’Antonio and Dr. Ulrich are accomplished nurse researchers who have made incalculable contributions to not only the nursing profession, but to healthcare as a whole,” said Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel. “Pat’s distinguished work as a nurse historian has chronicled how nursing has evolved to the innovative, person/population-centered, evidenced-based profession it is today. Connie’s groundbreaking work provides nurses and other healthcare professions with guidance on how to deal with complex ethical decision making in research and healthcare.  Penn Nursing is proud of them both, and of the impact they have had.”

 Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. D’Antonio is the Chair of Penn Nursing’s Department of Family and Community Health; the Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing; and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, is an internationally recognized nursing historian whose research demonstrates nurses’ strong influence on public health and the development of health care norms. Her current work on early 20th century health demonstration projects in the United States shows that nurses were central in promoting the current norms of primary care: regular physical examinations, prenatal and dental care, and hearing and eye checkups. She also shows how nurses slowly changed prevailing health beliefs, such as that high infant mortality was “God’s will” and checkups were a ploy to enrich physicians.

Connie M. Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Ulrich is a Professor of Nursing and a Professor of Bioethics at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. She was the first nurse ever accepted into the postdoctoral training program in the National Institutes of Health’s Department of Bioethics, and was the first nurse bioethicist at Penn. Using a bioethics lens to explore issues makes a difference in the lives of nurses and other health care providers, patients, families, communities, and society. Ulrich’s research has shown the importance of an ethical climate and ethics preparedness and confidence for nurses in nurse retention and job satisfaction.  She also studies emerging technologies and patient information; ethical conflicts of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in clinical practice; and informed consent and placebo assignment in clinical trials.  Ulrich provided testimony to the Presidential Bioethics Commission on the importance of ethics education for nursing and how ethics education influences the moral action of nurses with their patients.